|If you're in the BIOS, chances are that it is not corrupt. If a BIOS goes bad, you usually cannot even get into it. You might have to UNLOCK the BIOS Setup, it MAY be password protected. |
If you go to Pg. 2, and under ****BOOT ORDER****, if it says "Configure Setup is disabled", then there is a setup password on that BIOS. You would need to enter in the PW on Pg. 7 in order to UNLOCK the setup then.
Re: Pg. 1 on BIOS setup, time & date are all you CAN change.
As far as the system not recognizing the HDD, did you put the HDD Pin adapter on the HDD? Looks like this:
If the hardware system is healthy, it should see something there as a HDD, even if the BIOS is older, it might see a 60 or 80 Gb HDD as only a 20 Gb. But when you boot up into a newer OS like XP, Vista etc, the OS will see the full HDD size usually, even if the BIOS doesn't.
If it doesn't see any healthy, properly connected HDDs there could an issue with that HDD controller on the MB.
Just another stupid saying...